FibaTape drywall tapes are self-adhesive fiberglass mesh tapes. As long as the surface is dry and dust free the tape will stick by pressing into place by hand or with a taping knife. The tape is now ready to be coated with joint compound.
Does FibaTape need to be embedded?
Yes. FibaTape has to be embedded in joint compound but not in the same manner as paper tape or FibaFuse tape. FibaTape is self-adhesive and should be pressed into place over the seams or in inside corners before any joint compound is applied. The compound is applied over the tape and because it is a mesh tape the compound actually is forced through the tape. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of FibaTape, the ability to put all the tape in place and then embed.
Can I use FibaTape or FibaFuse on an inside corner?
Yes. FibaTape can be used to tape inside corners. Just fold it with one hand and press it into the corner with the other. The tape is self-adhesive so it can be applied to all the inside corners before any joint compound is applied. Make sure the tape is tight into the corner without being slightly rounded. If it is rounded then it is not tight into the corner. So when a taping knife is used to apply and smooth the joint compound the taping knife could accidentally cut through the tape. FibaTape does make a special tool for placing the tape into the inside corners. The dispenser type tool holds a roll of tape and actually rolls the tape tight into the corner and cuts it to the desired length. A must have tool for larger taping jobs.
FibaFuse is pre-creased for corners. While you can use a taping knife, we suggest using a corner trowel for installation to prevent cutting the tape.
What is the best way to use FibaTape when repairing cracks in plaster and is one particular version of FibaTape preferred?
Just sticking FibaTape over the crack and concealing with joint compound may work, but most likely the crack will return to some degree. Creating a V groove along the crack will allow you to actually fill in the crack and repair deep into the crack. The extreme cracks should be covered with Extra Strength FibaTape. The tape can be applied over the V groove and when compound is applied make sure to apply enough pressure with the taping knife to force compound through the tape filling the V groove. You could also prefill with compound and cover with the tape. Perfect Finish™ FibaTape is also good for the repairs because it is quite strong and is also the thinnest product making less of a bump for an easier to conceal repair.
Where are FibaTape and FibaFuse products manufactured?
All our FibaTape and FibaFuse tapes are made in the USA except for Perfect Finish which is made in Canada.
Where can I buy FibaTape?
FibaTape can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Sherwin Williams, True Value, Ace, Do-it-Best and other local hardware stores throughout US and Canada. All products can also be found online for purchase. Click here to visit our Where to Buy page.
Does FibaTape meet ASTM Specifications?
Yes. FibaTape products meet the following ASTM standards: D-3775, C-474, D-17777, C-475 and D-3776. Other ASTM standards may be met with our specialty tape products.
Where can I find LEED information on your FibaTape and FibaFuse products?
Sustainability reports exist for both FibaTape and FibaFuse products and are available upon request